Dabholkar murder: Pune court remands right-wing lawyer Punalekar, aide in judicial custody

first_imgA special court on Tuesday directed that advocate Sanjeev Punalekar, counsel for fringe right-wing outfit Sanatan Sanstha; and his aide, Vikram Bhave, be sent to judicial custody in connection with the murder of eminent rationalist Narendra Dabholkar.Mr. Punalekar and Mr. Bhave, who were first arrested by the CBI on May 26, were produced before court on Tuesday on expiry of their CBI custody.The court of additional sessions judge R.M. Pande denied the CBI’s plea seeking a further extension of the custody of the accused. It observed that the CBI did not make any fresh progress in the investigation when the accused were in custody.Mr. Punalekar and Mr. Bhave have been alleged by the investigating agency to have participated in the conspiracy to murder Dabholkar, in destruction of evidence and in aiding and abetting Sachin Andure and Sharad Kalaskar, named as the assailants of the late rationalist.Special Public Prosecutor Prakash Suryavanshi argued for a 14-day custodial extension, saying the CBI needed time to analySe the data retrieved from Mr. Punalekar’s laptop and mobile phone seized during his arrest.Mr. Suryavanshi submitted that Mr. Punalekar harboured one of the accused Sanstha members in the 2009 Madgaon blast in Goa. He said the CBI needed more time to probe how Mr. Bhave conducted the reconnaissance before Dabholkar’s murder and interrogate him to uncover details of the getaway motorbike used by the alleged two shooters.Arguing against the CBI’s plea, defence counsel Virendra Ichalkaranjikar said the CBI’s allegation against Mr. Punalekar of participating in the murder conspiracy was “not tenable.”“The CBI claims that Mr. Punalekar had advised alleged shooter Sahard Kalaskar in June 2018 to destroy the pistol used in a crime that occurred in 2013. This vague, ‘post-incident’ allegation does not hold water. Furthermore, despite seizing advocate Mr. Punalekar’s laptop and mobile on May 27, the CBI has made no progress to retrieve data,” he said.In September last, while seeking an extension of Kalaskar’s custody, the CBI told the court that in July 2018, the accused dismantled four country-made pistols and thrown them in the creeks of Greater Mumbai and Thane. It also suggested that one of the firearms could be the weapon used to kill Dabholkar.In his statement to the CBI last year, Kalaskar allegedly said that Mr. Punalekar, known for his defamatory statements against Dabholkar, had asked him to destroy the weapons.According to the CBI, Kalaskar further revealed that it was the Thane-based Mr. Bhave who planned the reconnaissance, pointed Dabholkar to the assailants and even planned the getaway route for the shooters after the crime.Besides the arrests of Andure, Kalaskar and Dr. Virendra Tawde – said to be the alleged mastermind of the murders of Dabholkar and veteran Communist leader Govind Pansare – the CBI has arrested Amol Kale, Amit Digvekar and Rajesh Bangera in connection with the conspiracy to kill the two rationalist-thinkers.Kale, Digvekar and Bangera, who were granted default bail in December last in the Dabholkar case, are presently incarcerated in a Bengaluru jail for their roles in the killing of activist-journalist Gauri Lankesh.last_img read more

Baahubali 2 vs Dangal box-office collection: Aamir Khan’s film beats SS Rajamouli’s epic

first_imgIndia’s most anticipated film Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, which released on April 28, opened to phenomenal response from fans. So much so that Baahubali 2 became the first Indian film to enter the prestigious Rs 1000-crore club. While Baahubali 2 continues its dream run at the box office even on its fifth week, superstar Aamir Khan’s Dangal has reportedly beaten the records set by SS Rajamouli’s film.As per box-office figures, Dangal has earned Rs 1743 crore worldwide, while Baahubali 2 has netted Rs 1530 crore.With its WW gross collections, #AamirKhan’s #Dangal has officially beaten #Baahubali2 at the box-office. Well deserved success ?????? pic.twitter.com/R7b8cUZxc7- Haricharan Pudipeddi (@pudiharicharan) May 25, 2017It must be noted that Aamir Khan’s wrestling drama Dangal received overwhelming response in China and has earned Rs 810 crore. Dangal’s theme of battling patriarchy, gender bias and excellence in sports has struck a chord with the Chinese people. At a recent media interaction, Aamir Khan asked viewers to not compare Baahubali 2 and Dangal as they’re two different and ‘good’ films.#Dangal WW GBOC (Till May 25th 2017):#China – ? 810 Crs#Taiwan – ? 31 Crs (US$ 4.72 M)RoW – ? 744 CrsTotal – ? 1,585 Crs- Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) May 26, 2017On the other hand, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion was particularly praised for its breathtaking visuals and a gripping plot.#Baahubali2 becomes the 1st Indian Movie to do ? 1,000 Cr Nett in #IndiaHindi – ? 481 CrsTelugu, Tamil & Mal (Incl ROI too) – ? 520 Crs- Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) May 24, 2017Reports also suggest that Baahubali 2 will soon hit the screens in China. When that happens, the Prabhas-starrer is expected to fetch more moolah for the producers.advertisementLots of speculation about #Baahubali2 release in China… The update: #Baahubali2 makers have started the process of releasing in China…- taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) May 25, 2017Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, Sathyaraj and Ramya Krishnan star in pivotal roles in this instalment of Baahubali too.ALSO READ: Dangal Movie ReviewALSO READ: Baahubali 2 Movie ReviewWATCH: Prabhas & Rana Daggubati talk about their ultimate face-off in Baahubali 2last_img read more

Rep Schroeder announces local office hours on June 21

first_img State Rep. Andrea Schroeder of Independence Township invites residents to her in-district office hours on Friday, June 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Waterford Civic Center on 2nd floor of the Township Hall Building, 5200 Civic Center Drive in Waterford.“I always look forward to the opportunity to have conversations with members of our community about what matters most to them,” Rep. Schroeder said. “I want to hear your thoughts and concerns, so I can better represent you in the Legislature. I hope to see you there.”No appointment is necessary, and all are welcome to join. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Schroeder at (517) 373-0615 or via email at AndreaSchroeder@house.mi.gov. 07Jun Rep. Schroeder announces local office hours on June 21 Categories: Schroeder Newslast_img read more

Scripps Networks UK and EMEA has extended its Hung

first_imgScripps Networks UK and EMEA has extended its Hungarian presence with the launch of the SD feeds of Food Network and Fine Living via UPC Magyarország (UPC Hungary).Both channels make their UPC Hungary debut, with each one available to subscribers as part of operator’s ‘Gold package’ with a voice-over in Hungarian.“Our growth strategy has been a key focus for us this year and this new deal with UPC Magyarország is testament to this. We are confident that viewers will enjoy the high quality content Food Network SD and Fine Living SD have to offer,” said Phillip Luff, managing director, Scripps Networks UK and EMEA.Anita Carra, chief marketing officer of UPC Hungary added: “We are very proud that UPC is one of the first cable company to launch these programs in Hungary and I’m sure that by this step we provide more premium experience to our Digital Gold customers.”The Scripps-owned Travel Channel is already available via UPC Hungary in both SD and HD.last_img read more

The community in Creggan was subjected to highlev

first_imgThe community in Creggan was subjected to high-level anti-social behaviour sparked by joyriding youths in two cars in front of St Mary’s Church where Requiem Mass for Mr Cassidy had taken place at lunchtime on Friday.During the unfolding chaos, a teenage male was discovered by a police patrol lying in grass shrubland and was taken to hospital where he was treated for puncture wounds to his shins.Police believe violent dissident republicans carried out the vicious attack.However, senior officers would not be drawn on local speculation that the victim was attacked with a pick axe, describing his injuries as “not life threatening”. There was also a fracas near the St Mary’s Church after the teenager’s funeral.Three windows at a house in Culdaff Gardens in Creggan were also smashed in the early hours of Saturday morning, which is also understood to be connected to the aftermath of Friday’s mayhem.On Friday schools and youth groups cancelled events and businesses shut early with some saying they felt the community was being held to “ransom”.Community representatives said police had questions to answer over their response.“The police can’t win in this situation,” Creggan priest Father Joe Gormley told the BBC.He said dissident republicans saw themselves as “self-appointed” protectors of the community and the PSNI need to work with the community to “normalise policing”.“They are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. If they were to come in to the area some of those militant republicans would have easily orchestrated a riot,” he said.“They have manipulated people’s minds to set themselves up as saviours of the people, which they are not. “They have their own narrow agenda. Do we want vigilante policing or do we want normal accountable policing?”PSNI Chief Inspector Johnny Hunter said police were on the outskirts of the Creggan and had carried out “discrete patrols” admitting police presence was increased due to concerns raised prior to the funeral.“We were in the position of do we put officers in the Creggan or do we respond to incidents as and when they happen?”He said responses had to be carefully judged and measured saying those in the car may have been looking for a police chase in a residential area as opposed to his officers waiting outside to try and stop it. Although they did not manage to stop the vehicle or capture those inside.Chief Inspector Hunter said police would be reviewing their response and what lessons can be learned. He said he understood the community’s concerns. He said police observed a group in the area and without intervening the crowd dissipated without “any other major issues later in the evening”.“It is very difficult for police to balance the consequences of us taking action which at the time can lead to more serious offences especially around stolen vehicles or vehicles being driven erratically,” he said.“And we have to be very, very careful around our various options.”He disagreed with a community perception there had been a change in police approach to policing in the Creggan following the murder of the journalist Lyra McKee. He said police teams had “good relations” with those in the area.“We face challenges… but we are doing our best to get into the Creggan and provide a normalised policing response,” he said.“We don’t get it right on every occasion and there are always lessons to be learned. “We have strong relationships, we will listen to feedback and use that as part of this review into this incident.”Police to review actions after disorder in Derry following Caoimhin Cassidy funeral was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Picture circulated on social media of a fracas near the funeral of Caoimhin Cassidy on FridayPOLICE in Derry are to review their response after gangs of youths rampaged in Derry following the funeral of Caoimhin Cassidy.He died in the early hours of Saturday, June 1, after he was trapped inside a stolen red Mazda 6 car that caught fire after it struck a lamp post on Fairview Road in Galliagh. Caoimhin CassidyCHIEF INSPECTOR JONNY HUNTERCRegganDerryFAIRVIEW ROADgalliaghPolice to review actions after disorder in Derry following Caoimhin Cassidy funeralPSNIST MARY’S CHURCH ShareTweetlast_img read more